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The Best American Sports Writing 2012 Paperback – October 2, 2012
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Glenn is available to make author visits, deliver lectures and workshops on all aspects of writing. He also serves as Longform Editor of SB Nation Longform, producing high quality longform sports journalism.
Born in Ohio and a graduate of Bard College, Glenn is dual citizen of the United States and Canada and lives in Vermont with his family, two cats and two dogs on Lake Champlain. Before becoming a writer Glenn did construction work, served as a security guard, a painter, and worked in libraries. Glenn invites his readers to his blog, to join his facebook page for The Best American Sports Writing, or to visit his website, glennstout.net. Anyone interested in arranging an "author visit" should query Glenn directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow Glenn @GlennStout
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Many of these essays explore the often tragic personal costs of sports, particularly those sports, like football and hockey, where repeated blows to the head are an almost unavoidable feature of the game. Of the three or four essays that dealt with the effects of concussions, "Punched Out, the extended profile of hockey's Derek Boogaard, is the best.
Other pieces point out how sports act as a positive influence, serving as an escape from poverty and abuse. The profiles of Frank Shorter, the famous marathoner who was abused as a child, and of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania's high school football program are both excellent.
My single favorite piece was Taylor Branch's devastating attack on the NCAA, "The Shame of College Sports." It underscores just how cynically the ideal of "amateurism" has been manipulated in college sports, and how the organization that is supposed to represent and protect "student-athletes"--in a bit of Newspeak-like censorship, the NCAA requires that journalists use this label rather than "players"--often does just the opposite, extracting wealth.
If I had a complaint about the principle of selection, it is that these essays almost exclusively survey the human or business side of sports. There ought to be a place here for a few pieces that represent the best technical analysis of gameplay, player technique, coaching, or strategy.
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Unmissable. Great selection of articles. It will make you excited about sports you don't even like. I was amazed by the articles about cricket and hockey.Published on November 30, 2013 by Matteo
Unmissable. Great collection of articles. You'll be completely captivated even if they talk about sports you don't like. I loved the cricket and the hockey ones.Published on November 30, 2013 by Antonella Cadeddu
Great collection of articles, I recommend to all sports fans. Most pieces are both interesting and informative. Worth every penny.Published on October 6, 2013 by dylan
Didn't want to write a review really, but it's required - I just felt the stories were too long and a little repetitive.Published on August 24, 2013 by Deb
Well written accounts of behind-the-scenes trials and tribulations (and successes) of very interesting sports figures. Read morePublished on July 29, 2013 by Descca
Definitely not the best sports writing of the year. Maybe some inspiring sports stories, but not great journalism. Not worth the time.Published on July 24, 2013 by Guy Reader
Halfway through this year's edition of "Best American Sports Writing," I was ready to stop watching any major sport ever again. Read morePublished on May 16, 2013 by Avid Reader